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Sympathies to George Smitherman & family

Tragic news for former Ontario Deputy Premier and Toronto mayor candidate George Smitherman, and his family:

Christopher Peloso, the husband of Ontario’s former deputy premier George Smitherman, has been found dead after being reported missing for the second time this year…Smitherman released a statement saying Toronto police confirmed to him they had found the 40-year-old Peloso dead.

“We will celebrate his life and we will find comfort somehow in knowing that he has found peace from the depression that has wreaked havoc on his mind,” wrote Smitherman.

The holiday season is always one of the toughest times of the year for those suffering from depression. My sympathies to Mr. Smitherman […]

Season’s Greetings/Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas/Happy New Year

I think I about covered the gamut in the title, but on this Christmas night, I hope your Christmas was delightful (or will be, as I know some have a Christmas on Boxing Day as well), and I wish all of you the best for this holiday season.

Ice Storm 2013

As of this writing, there are still hundreds of thousands of people without power in Toronto and the GTA from the massive icestorm that hit this area between Friday and Sunday.

In my particular neck of the woods, we were fortunate in that we “only” got about 12 hrs worth of freezing rain, and the temperature never got lower then -1, so we didn’t get as much. I was visiting my folks and took some of these pictures of the aftermath (fortunately for them, they didn’t lose power):

Nature can be very beautiful, while at the same time being terribly inconvenient.

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More Grinch remarks from Conservative Cabinet Ministers/Appointees

I said a couple of days ago I thought these guys might clam up leading to the Christmas holidays after the James Moore debacle, but no, they just can’t seem to help showing themselves as the modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge/Grinch government. I obviously underestimated the foot-in-mouth disease, as its spread. I’m not surprised it would be Peter MacKay who would be the next one to show symptoms of it a couple of days ago…

Justice Minister Peter MacKay lash(ed) out at judges for circumventing new rules requiring them to impose financial penalties on people convicted of a crime: doubling of the fine for a summary offence to $100 and $200 for […]

Moral of the James Moore story?

The moral of this story is: when reporters are asking questions and getting replies from Conservative Cabinet Ministers, I’d advise to make sure they have recorded audio of the conversation, so the aforementioned Cabinet Minister can’t weasel their way out of whatever embarrassing or controversial comment they said by claiming they never said it or was taken out of context:

“Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.”

With that throwaway line at the end of a brief encounter with a B.C. radio reporter, federal Conservative cabinet minister and potential leadership aspirant James Moore triggered a wave of online criticism that he at first rebuffed, […]

‘It is enough for a man to understand his own business; mine occupies me constantly’

Federal Industry Minister James Moore on the federal government’s role (or lack thereof) in reducing child poverty in Canada is basically: let others worry about it:

“Federal minister says child poverty not Ottawa’s problem:

“Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.” That from Federal Minister of Industry James Moore… He says it’s the responsibility of the provinces to deal with child poverty, and Ottawa has no plans to step in.

In honour of James Moore attitude (and apparently the Conservative Government’s), I present you with this equivalent attitude:

Federal Industry Minister? An appropriate department for his attitude.

UPDATE @ 10:25 pm: Apparently James […]

Thank you, Nelson Mandela

I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about the passing of Nelson Mandela, who passed away last Thursday and whose memorial service is being held now as I type this.

Back in the day, I majored in political science in University, as well as taking a lot of history courses, and I must say it was a momentous time to be taking courses like that. I got to see several major historical and political events unfold, but the two biggest to me was the coming down of the Berlin Wall, and the release of Nelson Mandela, which led to the end of apartheid, and his becoming President.

A […]

Bloggers will be officially accredited at the Montreal LPC Biennial Convention

The official word has come from the LPC: bloggers will be accredited to the Convention, and they are inviting applications for accreditation. Since they’ve sent out a press release, and the form is publicly available on the convention web site, I don’t think they will mind me re-posting it below (also because anyone, not just Liberal supporting blogs, can apply.. but they of course reserve the right to decide who attends. That said, I hope some non-Liberal bloggers or non-partican bloggers are approved).

The next big question for bloggers (yours truly included) is whether the travel and accommodation costs are worth covering a non-leadership convention. This will be primarily a […]

JT: Avoid Pitfalls/Continue Practising What You Preach On Cooperative Government

So does anyone read anything these days about that women’s night fundraiser and some of Justin Trudeau’s comments on China at it that some media and political partisans tried to turn into a firestorm?

Not really. The recent by-election successes of the LPC and the continuing (ever continuing) firestorm on the Senate has pushed that completely off the news cycle. That said, it is a warning to JT and his advisers/organizers need to be more aware and conscious of future events and how things get worded. The continued good polling for the LPC and JT has a big bulls-eye painted on the leader and the party, with political operatives and […]

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